Wednesday, October 18, 2006

1000000

So Second Life has hit a million residents. It's a milestone on the way to SL becoming the 3D social WWW. Places like The Register can mock and scorn as much as they like, but they're missing the point. Did they see the WWW in 1994 and dismiss it all as being a pointless waste of time? Sure, Bianca's Smut Shack served no higher purpose, but that didn't make the web pointless. And sure, you can walk around in SL as a furry penis if you want to, but that doesn't make SL pointless.

Of course you can find some spectacularly pointless stuff in SL. But that's true of the web, and true of any medium. Enjoy the weeding process.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Adventures in RL

As Tateru says, Sunday night saw a Brisbane SL RL get together, featuring the RL people behind Tateru, Sladen, Lucy and me. (Sorry the circumstances weren't more festive for Tat.)

Yes, we all had a good time. Yes, it was distinctly odd to make an RL connection to the people behind the avatars. I've known Tateru since I rezzed, just over a year ago, and it's great to be able to extend a friendship (and make new ones) beyond the screen. To talk at normal human speed instead of finger speed. To be able to simply have a chat to a person sitting just *there*, because they're not drowning in Live Help IMs.

Sure, we can't teleport, fly or ride hoverbikes in RL, but... hell. It's REAL life. Much as I love my second life, the sound of clinking drinks is always better in real life. Cheers, everyone. See you on the other side.